5 midfield passers that Manchester United desperately need

In his analysis of Manchester United’s recent 3-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool, Sky Sports pundit and former Red Devils defender Gary Neville slammed his former club’s current midfield contingent. Neville stated that ‘not one of them can pass a ball’, in reference to the United midfield’s inability to maintain possession throughout the match.

Much has changed at Old Trafford since that humiliation at Anfield, of course. Not least, Jose Mourinho has been sacked, and replaced in the hot seat by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, on a caretaker basis.

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The new boss’ reign got off to a fine start with a 5-1 trouncing of Cardiff City. However, Neville’s criticisms ought not to be dismissed out of hand at this point. Compared with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea – who United should be measuring themselves against – the Red Devils’ current midfield contingent is much poorer on the ball.

With the January transfer window just around the corner, United should be targeting a new midfielder able to dominate possession and reliably distribute the ball.

We’ve taken a look at the stats, and identified some of the most reliable passing midfielders currently plying their trade in Europe, who Manchester United could pursue in the winter window.